Photo shoot while testing custom-order portable sawmill

Making manual winch adjustments on Peterson custom-order portable sawmill
Making manual winch adjustments on Peterson custom-order portable sawmill

In February 2017, we had an opportunity to test a custom-order portable sawmill in photo-perfect conditions.

This All Terrain Sawmill has been custom-made for a new owner in Tahiti. As with all our mills, custom-order machine parts are built to specification in the Peterson factory, put together and tested (usually in our Peterson Headquarters yard), before being broken down again into components, packed with a final check-list, and shipped.

It felt as if we already had fewer daylight hours, so we booked a Saturday morning to ensure we had sufficient time to put the mill through its paces and to make promotional photos and video with our Peterson Sawmill Consultants Aaron Kalan and Ezra Newick.

4 Feb 2017 

Aaron, Ezra, and Marketing Manager, Layla Robinson, meet at Aaron’s farm just outside Rotorua and set up the mill. First task is the time-lapse video, showing the custom-order portable mill being unloaded from trailer and set up around the gnarly old pine log we’re using as our test specimen. One take, and we’re done! See for yourself – and learn – on our youtube video, how quick and easy it can be to set up the All Terrain Sawmill.


Testing operation of 10" custom-order portable ATS on farm
Testing operation of 10″ custom-order portable ATS on farm

Aaron does a safety check on the mill before taking the top off the log, adjusts the vertical winch, makes blade adjustments to ensure accuracy, and confirms that the mill is running smoothly. When both Ezra and Aaron are satisfied that the mill is operating to specification, Layla interviews them about the stand-out features of the All Terrain Sawmill. What applications are particularly suited to this model? What are the most popular options for a custom-order portable sawmill? Watch our youtube video to learn how the All Terrain Sawmill compares with others in the Peterson range and with competing mills.


All Terrain Sawmill compacts to fit on a 4' X 9' trailer
All Terrain Sawmill compacts to fit on a 4′ X 9′ trailer

Here’s hoping you learn as much from our photographs of the operational testing process for our custom-order portable sawmills, the time-lapse and the ATS interview, as we have enjoyed sharing our passion for swingblade technology on video.

Please comment below if you have ideas for other time-lapse or interview training sessions.

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